Title: Tartan Candy (Fabric Hearts #1)
Author: K.C. Burn and David Ross (Narrator)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press LLC
Release Date: October 10th 2016
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance
Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 2.5 stars out of 5
Finlay McIntyre (aka Raven) is a successful adult film star with a penchant for kilts, until an accident cuts short his stardom and leaves him with zero sexual desire, lowered self-esteem, and no job. He knew his porn career wouldn’t last forever, but he wasn’t prepared for retirement at 28. While trying to figure out the rest of his life, Raven agrees to attend a high school reunion. That’s when a malfunctioning AC unit in his hotel room changes everything.
Caleb Sanderson, an entrepreneur with his own HVAC business, has no idea what to expect when he steps into Raven’s hotel room to fix his AC unit. They’re attracted to each other, but Caleb, closeted, can’t afford a gay relationship, not with his mom pressuring him to produce grandchildren. If he wants to keep Raven – who no closet could hold – he’ll need to tell his family the truth. But Raven has a few secrets of his own. He refuses to reveal his porn past to Caleb, a past that might be the final obstacle to Caleb and Raven having any kind of relationship.
My rating and my opinion of this story should absolutely be taken with a grain a salt. Mea culpa. You see, I did not read the whole blurb.
Somehow, someway, when I first saw this audio come out I read most of the blurb but somehow missed the line that clearly states “He refuses to reveal his porn past to Caleb, a past that might be the final obstacle to Caleb and Raven having any kind of relationship.”
IF I had read that – I would have known to stay far, far away from this kind of story, as anyone who knows me knows I hate miscommunication and lying. I cannot stand it.
And this story is basically one HUGE miscommunication setup.
David Ross’s narration was not bad, but it was less than stellar, and it just wasn’t good enough, for me, to make up for the annoyance of the plot.
The final straw, though, was having such an incendiary reveal so rage inducing, which was followed by quick forgiveness and an HEA epilogue which gave me no time at all to process everything and come down from the rage.
It’s almost a week later, and I’m still mad whenever I think about Caleb’s behavior. I needed more chapters so Caleb could really grovel before Raven accepted his apology. I was unprepared. And, again, that’s on me.